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Anyone growing Hall, Improved Pollock, Maria Black, Ronnie, Kampong, or Tito?

Apparently 390 tasting tickets sold. 10 still available. Non-tasting tickets still available. I’m not aware of a limit on those.
Tasting sessions are sold out. 8)

Other than what have become the standards, such as Simmonds, Pollock, Lula, Choquette, Miguel, Catalina, Brogdon, Day, Marcus, Donnie, and Oro Negro.  Anything that has really wowed you and that you endorse?  Julian Lara and Alex Salazar both offer a lot of varieties.

Only 2 tastings still open: 3:30 and 4:15.  Amazing!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Please ID This Mango
« on: May 22, 2024, 09:35:52 AM »
Agree, not NDM.
OK.  I guess that much I know.  Thanks.  It could always be a seedling.  There are a lot of crappy seedling mangos around here, and the property manager destroyed my Orange Sherbet tree one morning when I wasn't home because I didn't have permission to plant it in a common area.  My Honey Kiss and CeciLove survive next to my house, and my neighbor has a PPK/LM.

We got our tickets,  selected the 12:30 pm tasting event time. 😀
Got ours, too.  11:45 tasting.  It might be cool to make some sort of nametag that says "TFF" with your username and name.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Please ID This Mango
« on: May 21, 2024, 07:39:56 PM »

The tree was planted about five years ago by a neighbor who has since sold the house and moved on, and I never asked her what variety it is.  I'm thinking it could be Nam Doc Mai, but I know there are others with more mango intelligence than me, so what do you think it is?  They should start ripening in about two weeks.

You’re my hero John. I’m signed up. See you all there.
They don't call me "Hero Member" for nothing. ;)

My wife wants to go. 30 years ago we went to the mango festival at Fairchild when she was pregnant 🤰 with our son. That festival over time morphed into something we were not interested in.

It's definitely more like a carnival now, and not much about mangoes. Funnel cakes, bbq, and ceviche stands aplenty... But only one very poorly organized mango purchase spot. They had a mango "tasting" of two types. Dr. Campbell did give a good talk there and answer some questions when I was there last year, though, that was the highlight.
So come to this new one, Kevin.  You could stay at my house.  I mean it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: It's so hot 🔥
« on: May 20, 2024, 03:25:39 PM »
Yeah it's hot, but as they say .... all will be OK.  ;)
We sit on the lap of eternity.


There are a couple others.  Hopefully they'll hang until August.  I've found that Simmonds aren't any good in flavor until August although commercial growers will pick them way before.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peaches in south FL (low chill)
« on: May 18, 2024, 09:12:14 AM »
With all due respect, I think you're wasting your time.  In a few years we'll probably have no reliable chill hours in South Florida if that's not already the case!

My Reed avocado tree, around 3-4 years old, has recently flowered so abundantly that it covered the entire tree, while having barely any leaves. Concerned that this could harm the tree, I manually removed all the flowers to prevent potential self-inflicted damage. I am not sure that was right thing to do. I hope someone experienced tell me about it.
It's not unusual for avocado trees to lose their leaves late winter/early spring, sometimes all of their leaves at one time.

It's down to six now, and one more might fall off.  I'm happy.  Does anyone know when a 2-year-old, quite large (10 ft.) Monroe might start to bear?  Hopefully next year?

Regardless of the grit, the fruit looks so yummy.
It won't be an improvement over Hass in flavor.  It'll be lucky if it comes close to Hass.  It has qualitites that benefit commercial interests so in that respect it's good, but it wasn't like the breeders were looking for better tasting fruit like Gary Zill was doing in his breeding program with mangos.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 🥭 🦈 ⚠️
« on: May 14, 2024, 02:12:53 PM »
What kind of person (or culture) thinks it's ok to steal fruit from private properties and then go sell it?  We should have closed the borders a long time ago!

I'm in north Broward County very near Boca.  I could give you Raja Puri pups.  I also have Goldfinger, but no pups yet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Deleted
« on: April 26, 2024, 09:18:22 AM »
Whoa, what happened here? Why is everything deleted?
OP decided it was an evil avocado.  >:(

Thanks, Brad.  It may still drop a few so I should be good.

My Monroe tree, on the other hand, didn't have blossoms although it's 3 times as big.  It was planted only six months earlier than the Simmonds.  Is Monroe known to be slow to fruit (non-precocious)?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How many avocados should be left on tree?
« on: April 20, 2024, 12:03:41 PM »
Simmonds is a precocious tree.  This one is less than 2 years old, planted as a small 3 gal. tree. It's about 8 ft. tall now. I'm counting 9 fruitlets at this time. Should I let it keep them all?!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Drought in the Amazon
« on: April 09, 2024, 11:30:11 PM »
Everything will be alright doesn't jive with me either. The climate change is normal and fluctuations are natural camp doesn't have many survivors these days. And the god will look after us camp was abandoned long ago. CO2 levels need to fall and emissions get increasing and vegetation clearing continues unabated.
In America your politics can make you deny reality.  You'd be surprised.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Drought in the Amazon
« on: April 07, 2024, 08:09:11 PM »
“Everything will be alright”. Oh, that’s good to hear.  I was getting worried that people and our surroundings were significantly impacted by more regular flood and drought.
That sure makes me feel better.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Varieties for CA Central Coast
« on: March 30, 2024, 05:40:21 PM »
How cold do you get in the winter?  I wonder about the inland valley areas of SLO County.  Do they get quite a bit colder than you?  They definitely get hotter in summer!

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